Affirming Black Books That Will Elevate Your Children’s Minds
“Black representation matters when it pertains to the literature that our Black children are exposed to.
Here are 7 Black children’s books that elevate our children.
In “Africa Dream” a little African-American girl falls asleep and dreams of ancient Africa. The book teaches children the importance of Sankofa. Sankofa is a symbol from the Asante people of West Africa that represents reflecting on the past to build a successful future.
This book uses the metaphor of a blackbird to illustrate the beauty that Black people possess even in the midst of envy and jealousy expressed by those who do not look like them.
This story was adapted from the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” Rev. Knight’s twelve sons stay up all night dancing while their father is unaware of their actions. On a deeper level, this story speaks to parent-child communication.
The author uses her childhood story to tell an empowering narrative explaining how important Black people were and still are in America.
“My Man Blue” is a compilation of poems that tell the story of Damon’s need for a positive Black male role model in his life. With Blue’s mentorship, Damon believes that he can accomplish almost anything.
This story shows the joy and sleepless nights of parenting through the endearing expressions of a toddler not prepared to go to bed.
This book celebrates the variety of Black children by comparing their skin, eyes, and hair to positive everyday images as a simple celebration of Black children’s identity.
I am glad to see so many wonderful books for Black children, that could help them to become kind, smart, and worthy persons! Because our kids raise in the “all-white world of children’s literature.” And this problem is real. We need to know much more about our history, our culture, our people…
We are forced to read about the history of Caucasians but not encouraged to seek out our own.